Thursday 30 July 2015

'Age United' is a labour of love as students strike up friendship with older generation

Emma Jane Hade

Published 15/05/2014 | 16:37

Students and members of the Lucan Active Retirement group at the launch of the  video by   2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14
Students and members of the Lucan Active Retirement group at the launch of the video by 2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14
Vicki Casserly, a Fine Gael local election candidate for the Lucan ward who represented the Justice minister Frances FitzGerald,TD (left) with Derek Cleary,Director of the Localise programme and Bernadette Fitzgerald,Deputy Principal Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14
Willie Poole and Lil Kinsella at the launch of the video by 2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan Pic Tom Burke
Students Fiona Daly and Lara Byrne with Robert P.Watts (left) and P.J Kinsella at the launch of the video by 2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14
Students Gabrielle Fullam and Zita Burke with ( from left) Maureen Brady,Frances Norton and Joyce Fallon at the launch of the video by 2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14
Students Eva Slattery (left) and Emma Boggan at the launch of the video by 2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14
Student Eve Smyth pictured with Billy and Nelly Doyle (left) and Vincent and Maureen O'Brien at the launch of the video by 2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan who joined with members of the Lucan Active Retirement group to create the-Age United Video as part of their Localise programme yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14
Vicki Casserly, a Fine Gael local election candidate for the Lucan ward who represented the Justice minister Frances FitzGerald,TD at the launch of the video by 2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14
Vicki Casserly, a Fine Gael local election candidate for the Lucan ward who represented the Justice minister Frances FitzGerald,TD at the launch of the video by 2nd year students from St.Joseph's College,Lucan Pic Tom Burke 15/5/14

Singing, dancing and card-making was the basis of the firm friendship which was struck between these two unlikely groups.

A group of 30 students from St Josephs School in Lucan, Dublin, today launched the 'Age United' video- a two minute clip recording their school project detailing their attempt at reaching out to the older generation in their community.

The project was undertaken as part of the girls' school CSPE project, and quickly turned into a labour of love, as the two groups bonded through dancing, singing and friendly chats over many cups of tea.

The second year students decided to contribute to their community by spending time with the local active retirement group and bridging the intergenerational gap.

Maura O'Reilly, the chairperson of the Lucan Active branch, said that they had a "great time" with the girls.

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